South Bay sabor

Latin flavors in San Carlos, Mountain View, and San Jose
Lisa Taggart
Cascal Cocktail Cascal

Two new Latin eateries are spicing up Peninsula and South Bay dining options. Habana Yacht Club, opened in November, has a tropical, leafy look though it's next to the San Carlos airport (and there's no yacht club in sight). The menu features bold, satisfying flavors ― rosemary duck empanadas, mango mustard-glazed salmon. The same month the yacht club launched, Cascal (pictured) opened its doors in Mountain View with a grand dining room and bar. Small-plate and entrée options range from stuffed roasted quail to smoked trout taquitos.

The eateries hope to draw fans of Latin fare hooked, in part, by San Jose's 10-year-old Habana Cuba Restaurant, a homey, popular place that has fed mojitos and garlic chicken to many delighted diners. To mole and mojitos in the South Bay, we say, Olé!

Cuban flavors
Habana Yacht Club ($$$; 525 Skyway Rd., San Carlos; 650/654-2822); Cascal ($$; 400 Castro St., Mountain View; 650/940-9500); Habana Cuba Restaurant ($$; 238 Race St., San Jose; 408/998-2822).